Pretty much everyone across the political spectrum can agree that the Iowa Democratic caucuses were an utter debacle marred by false media reports, incompetence, and suspicions of party establishment shenanigans.
Things were so bad — and remain somewhat unclear a week later — that calls have risen from across the party for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez to resign in disgrace. But during an interview on Sunday morning with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Perez said he would “absolutely not” discuss resigning his position at this time, Fox News reported.
Instead, Perez admitted that mistakes had been made in Iowa but cited electoral successes by Democrats under his tenure and vowed to address the problems that occurred at an appropriate time in the future.
“Absolutely not” planning to resign
About halfway through the interview, Tapper brought up the fact that there had been calls for Perez to resign from both the establishment and progressive wings of the Democratic Party, whether it be from members of the far-left “squad” — like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) — to someone like Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and chair of the House Administration Committee’s subpanel on elections, according to The Hill.
Asked by Tapper if he had considered resigning due to those calls, Perez said: “Absolutely not.”
“Jake, look at the last three years. My job when I came in was to rebuild our infrastructure, to win elections, and when you do that sometimes you gotta make tough decisions,” he continued, pointing to his reforms with regard to superdelegates as an example.
“We have been winning. This is what it’s about,” Perez insisted. “I think it’s really important for people to take a broader step back right now. This is the most unsettling phase of the cycle.
“Here’s the good news: We’ve been winning elections in 2017, 2018, 2019. We are better positioned to hand our nominee an infrastructure for success than ever before,” he added.
Not going anywhere
Perez acknowledged in the interview that the DNC and Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) were “in this together” even as he seemingly threw the IDP under the bus as being at fault for the “unacceptable” mistakes that had been made. Those issues would eventually be dealt with via a “conversation” after the election cycle was said and done, he said.
“The good news here is that…we’re learning from our mistakes, applying them immediately, and we’re gonna keep moving forward and we’re going to be talking about health care everywhere across the map. That’s how we win,” he concluded.
It certainly appears, at least as of now, that Perez has no intention of going anywhere in the near future.
However, if there happen to be any more major screw-ups in the Democratic primary process, you can rest assured that the demands for his resignation will reach a crescendo and leave him with little choice but to step aside and allow someone else to take the helm of his mess of a political party.